Archive for April, 2017

Who can become an Apprentice?

It is a common misconception that an apprentice must be aged 16-25, this is simply false. Yes, most apprentices are aged 16-25, however, the Apprenticeship Levy funding does not restrict you to hire an apprentice within this age category. Funding allows you to train anyone over the age of 16 – with no upper age limit in place. Apprenticeships are not only for the young, mature apprentices play a vital role within the construction industry by bringing experience and commitment to the industry as well as guiding the younger apprentices, this has been recognised by the rising number of older workers undertaking apprenticeships. Apprenticeships operate in the same fashion, regardless of age. We currently have apprentices completing programmes ranging from the age of 16 to 72 years old.

Another misconception is that apprentices must be ‘new starters’. Again, this is untrue. The funding that your business claims can be used to train and up-skill existing staff via an apprenticeship. It is up to you, the employer, to choose whether you would like to hire new, less-experienced team members or to fund further development within your existing workforce. This allows you to train a new employee to suit your specific business needs and/or to help an existing team member climb up the ladder of their career, becoming further qualified and more capable of a higher role.

To conclude, an apprentice can be anyone over the age of 16, from any background and have any or no previous qualifications/experience. We at Geason Training offer a range of apprenticeship programmes from Level 2 NVQ to Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship standards, covering a variety of construction courses. Phone our expert team today on 0330 088 9596 for more information.

Matthew has completed his plastering apprenticeship

 

Congratulations to our learner, Matthew Moores, who has just completed his two year Level 2 Apprenticeship in Plastering. Following Matthew’s success we asked him some questions regarding his apprenticeship and his learning and development progress with Geason Training.

Why did you choose the apprenticeship route as opposed to doing another qualification?

I chose to do an apprenticeship so that could I do practical rather than theory.

How was the relationship with and support from your company and Geason Training?

Phenomenal.

How has your apprenticeship developed you as an individual?

I feel like I have developed in all aspects of my personal skills.

What do you want to achieve at the end of your qualification?

I would in time, love to progress to tutoring young people and give them the same opportunity I have been given.

What you may progress on to?

I have discussed my options with Lynda at Geason Training and I would like to keep my options open.

Would you recommend it to others in the industry?

Definitely. I have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship with Geason Training and would recommend it to all my friends.

The Geason Training team commented that. 

Matthew has excelled in his Brickwork apprenticeship and has always been punctual and engaged in all learning tasks he has been given.  In addition, Matthew has been an excellent student, always attended his training sessions and has been extremely polite and courteous to all staff at all times. He has been a pleasure to have in our training centre and we wish him every success in the future.

If you are you are interested in progressing your staff to the next level through NVQ or apprenticeship training, let us help you.  Our expert team can design and deliver higher apprenticeship programmes and workplace learning tailored to best fit your business needs, we can also help you manage your funding options and devise a Levy plan for the newly introduced Apprenticeship Levy.

If you would like further information please get in touch on 0330 088 9596, alternatively you can email opportunities@geason.co.uk.

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We have funding for NVQ Level 2 in various Insulation disciplines- Contact us now!

We have funding available for the NVQ Level 2 in Insulation & Building Treatments, NVQ Level 2 in Loft Insulation & Cavity Walling, NVQ Level 2 in Internal/External Wall Boarder/Finisher and NVQ Level 2 in Curtain Walling.

Areas of funding for these programmes include:

Craven
East Riding
Hambleton
Harrogate
Richmondshire
Ryedale
Scarborough
Selby
York
The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to:

Improve employment opportunities in the EU, in doing so, helping to raise standards of living;
Help people get better skills to increase their job prospects;
Help equip the workforce with the skills businesses require in a competitive, global market.
Contact our team on 0330 088 9596 or 07969444337 for further information. Alternatively you can send an email to opportunities@geason.co.uk.

Interested in the NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying? We have funding now available!

As part of the European Social Fund opportunity development programme, we now have funding available for the NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying in the following areas:

  • Cannock Chase                          
  • Cheltenham
  • Cotswold
  • Coventry
  • East Staffordshire                    
  • Forest of Dean
  • Gloucester                                  
  • Lichfield
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme          
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth
  • Rugby                                          
  • South Staffordshire
  • Stafford                                        
  • Staffordshire
  • Stoke-On-Trent                          
  • Stratford-on-Avon
  • Stroud                                          
  • Tamworth
  • Tewkesbury                                 
  • Warwick

The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to:

  • Improve employment opportunities in the EU, in doing so, helping to raise standards of living;
  • Help people get better skills to increase their job prospects;
  • Help equip the workforce with the skills businesses require in a competitive, global market.

Contact our team on 0330 088 9596 or 07969444337 for further information. Alternatively you can send an email to opportunities@geason.co.uk.